The Permanent Results of Texting & Driving

Posted by Scott Edwards | Sep 17, 2012 | 0 Comments

Texting and driving is not only dangerous, it is also a crime in Washington. A texter may face several years in prison if their texting while driving leads to the death of another person.

This was exactly what happened in January 2010, when Antonio Cellestine was convicted of vehicular homicide and sentenced to five years in prison after he veered into a bike lane, striking and killing beloved local teacher Gordon Patterson. Phone records confirmed that Cellestine had sent and received numerous text messages immediately before and during the collision. Cellestine's conviction was the first vehicular homicide conviction in the state of Washington under the texting and driving statute.

The most significant harm that comes from the senseless act of texting and driving is the emotional heartache and pain felt by a victim's family members. The texter is also forced to live with the significant emotional and legal consequences.

This sorrow is brought to light in the powerful documentary produced by phone service provider AT&T. The video highlights the petty text messages people sent moments before their lives, and the lives of their victims, were turned upside down.

We invite each of our followers to take a moment to watch this important message and encourage you to share it with your friends and family.

If your life or the life of a loved one has been impacted by a someone who was texting while driving, we invite you to share your experience here to encourage others to drive safely by not sending or reading text messages while driving.

About the Author

Scott Edwards

Scott Edwards is a partner at Schauermann Thayer Jacobs Staples & Edwards law firm. Scott is licensed in both Oregon and Washington, and has been practicing law since 2008. Though Scott started his career working for insurance companies, he now focuses his practice on personal injury, auto accident, biking accident, and insurance cases. In his free time, Scott enjoys spending time pedaling around the streets of Vancouver, Washington and Portland, Oregon on his bicycle.


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